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Miami, Florida - Offshore

Capt. Mark Houghtaling
March 20, 2000
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report

They’re performing a disappearing act. Here today and gone tomorrow. Over

there yesterday, right here today. Dolphin that is. Mahi, Mahi. Get ready for

these great fighting, colorful, jumping , tasty creatures. Before long the boat

ramps will be packed, tackle store owners will be all smiles because Dolphin

season will be here! They have been showing up sporadically. Most of the

fish have been found in close along the edge. Any rip or weedline that you

can find from 100 feet out to 400 feet of water may be holding fish. Early in

the morning look for the Dolphin in close along the edge of the reef. They

have been especially active when the seas have been on the rougher side. I

spoke with one angler that traveled over 20 miles offshore and never found a

fish until he came back in along the reef and fished live Pilchards along the

edge and caught a half a dozen schoolies. It is still a little too early to find

Dolphin under diving Petrals. The Petrals should start arriving around April.

When they arrive you should have no trouble finding diving Petrals over a

schools of Dolphin. As always be on the lookout for a Frigate bird. It’s a sure

sign of fish when you see him close to the surface of the water. No doubt he

is following Dolphin.

Sailfishing continues to be excellent. Anglers are catching and releasing up to

ten fish per day. From Ocean Reef to Miami Beach anglers have been seeing

“pods” of Sailfish along the reef. As always clean water and a good current

helps the “bite”.

Tarpon have been active inside Government Cut. The fish have been feeding

during both morning and evening periods. Live shrimp has been working

well. They have also been seen along the beaches north of Government Cut.

April 30th is the date for this years, David and Mary Alper Grand Dolphin

Fishing Tournament. There will be $5500 in prize money. $ 300.00 entry fee

per boat. Weigh-in will be at the Jewish Community Center on 11155 SW

112 Ave in south Dade. For more information call 305-271-9000 ext 241.

Professional captains are welcome

On Thursday nights, from 7pm to 8pm, at the Old Cutler Raw Bar, South Dixie Highway

and SW 184 Street, come listen to “Fishing South Florida Style”. This is an hour long

live radio show hosted by Mike Pace, Captain Rob Fordyce, Captain Marty Locke, and

Captain Mark Houghtaling. Offshore and inshore fishing topics are covered during the

live radio broadcast, and you can pick up a few tips from the radio hosts after the show.

You can also catch the show on Thunder Country 100.3 FM.

Captain Mark Houghtaling wants to hear from you. Send him your latest catches and

pictures to15920 SW 85 Ave. Miami, Fla. 33157, or E-Mail him at [email protected]

Capt Mark also has a charter fishing service ,you can call him at 305-253-1151 or check

out his web page at http://www.magicfin.com

For free safe boating and personal watercraft classes call the Coast Guard Auxiliary at

305-820-8411, or the United States Power Squadron at 305-238-4807.

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Fish with Capt Mark Houghtaling aboard the "Magic Fingers". A new 31 Foot Contender Openfisherman with twin 250 HP Yamaha Outboards. With over 25 years of chartering experience, Capt Mark will put you on the "catch of the day". Sailfish, Dolphin, King Mackerel, Tuna, Grouper,Snapper....and the list goes on. Prime fishing grounds are only minutes from downtown Miami.

Contact Info:

15920 SW 85 Avenue
Miami, FL 33157
Phone: 305-253-1151
Alt. Phone: 305-479-1151
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